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University Museum of Natural History

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Address: Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, England
Phone Number: 44-1865-272950
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Description: Housed in a Victorian-style building, this University museum features...
Housed in a Victorian-style building, this University museum features collections of zoological, entomological and mineral specimens that have been collected over the last three centuries.
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We visited last week during our trip to Oxford & from the moment we walked through the doors.. Wow! Took two children who were so impressed by all the amazing displays. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We visited last week during our trip to Oxford & from the moment we walked through the doors.. Wow! Took two children who were so impressed by all the amazing displays. The dinosaurs were particularly impressive as our local museum doesn't have such a selection of prehistoric offerings. We can't wait to return to this beautiful place.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We loved this place!! What a nice place to have a potter about. The building itself is lovely and seeing the size of a dodo is educational and fun!!

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Venlo, The Netherlands
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

We visited Oxford with a group of 75 15-year old pupils from Holland. Because of the size of our group we split certain activities in two, one half doing the museum in the morning, the other half in the afternoon. For some unfathomable reason our morning group booking had gone pearshaped, but considering we visited during the spring break, we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

This museum is amazing. I've been to the NHM in London many times and didn't expect much from this one in Oxford but it definitely exceeded my expectations. It has a huge collection and offers a lot of hands-on interaction. If I'm ever in Oxford again, I'd pay this place another visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

With or without children this is a great place to visit. Don't miss the Alice in Wonderland Dodo - it is worth visiting just for this rare survival.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I took 2 friends to visit this museum when visiting Oxford on a day trip. It is only a 15 minute walk from the station. The building itself is impressive enough but inside we were amazed by everything. It was fascinating to touch rocks hundreds of millions of years old and look at all the dinosaur exhibits. I was impressed... More 

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Kineton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

we visited the museum during easter,it's not as big as the one in London but enough things to see and do for the kids(easter egg hunt). We've spent 1 hour in the museum and went into the other museum attached to it Pitt rivers.It's around 10 minutes walk from the Park and ride stop opposite Natwest.

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Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I'm typically not one for natural history museums. I like the subject matter but the swarms of screaming children usually keep me from lingering. This museum was different though. Sure, it had dinosaur bones, whale skeletons, pinned bugs and so on but the presentation was very open and easy to move around despite the crowds and the second level equally... More 

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Vienna
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The museum is free of charge and has some great exhibitions. When we were there, it was Easter vacation, and a lot of children were running around the place.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

A bit of a walk from the town center. But you will not be disappointed. The high point for me was to see Elephant skeletons for the first time in my life. The best thing I found about this museum is the best use of space, and the closeness plus direct views of the caricatures which it has on offer.... More 

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